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Senate Votes to Delay EPA RRP Lead Paint Violation Fines

There’s great news for contractors everywhere before the Memorial Day Weekend! Shawn McCadden has posted an article on his website today that the Senate has voted to delay the implementation EPA RRP lead-paint violation fines. This will give remodelers, painters, and other contractors more time to acquire the necessary training and certification.

Read more of the posted article here: Senate moves to put off EPA RRP lead-paint violation fines

Energy Star and EPA RRP Update Meeting a Huge Success!

A great turnout of interested contractors

A great turnout of interested contractors

Our Energy Star and EPA RRP Update Meeting on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 was a huge success last week! We had an excellent turn-out of our contractor customers who want to stay informed. The Energy Star segment, presented by Mike Berry, was very informative, teaching the contractors how to improve their profits by building more energy efficient homes.

Mike Berry from Energy Star

Mike Berry from Energy Star

The EPA RRP rule has all the builders focused on complying with the new rules. But our guest speakers also explained how to improve the way they contain construction dust and make a healthier work environment for themselves. Dennis Brophy of Dust Door and Wall System showed containment equipment and explained its use for meeting the new regulations. Andrea Goldman, active NARI member and principal of the Law Office of Andrea Goldman in Newton, Massachusetts, gave a detailed update on the legal issues of the EPA RRP rule.

Dust Door Containment Equipment

Dennis Brophy of Dust Door demonstrating containment equipment

UPDATE 5-21-2010: Pictures now available on Facebook at this link!

Shawn McCadden Update on the EPA RRP Rule

Shawn McCadden has an update on his website about the Massachusetts Department of Safety’s implementation of the new EPA RRP rule. You can read it here: Status of MA Taking Over Administration of the EPA RRP Rule.

EPA RRP Questions Answered

Everyone still has a lot of questions about implementing the new EPA RRP (Renovate, Repair, and Painting) lead rules. We’re trying to help you find the answers.

Mark Paskell of the Contractor Coaching Partnership provided us with a PDF of the EPA’s most recent answers to contractor questions, as of March 18, 2010. Here is a link to the PDF file.

Merkley Amendment Not Part of Health Care Bill Thanks to NARI Members!

A great update from NARI about the Merkley Amendment being taken out of the final draft of the health care bill!

From the NARI newsletter:

With vote on the bill imminent, NARI reissued a Call to Action in early March urging NARI members to again voice concern and opposition to the Merkley amendment, which unfairly mandated remodeling/construction contractors with five or more employees to provide health insurance coverage.  No other industry with this employee threshold was required to do so. On March 21, the House passed the bill, and we learned that the Merkley amendment had been removed from the bill prior to passage on the basis that enough elected officials heard from contractors who voiced opposition.  To our knowledge, NARI is the only association that identified this onerous amendment and expressed opposition.”

You can read the rest of the newsletter, concerning NARI’s appeal to the EPA to delay the implementation of the new lead rule here: NARI Leaders Deliver Appeal on Capitol Hill

President Obama promises both jobs and energy savings from Homestar rebate program

On March 2, 2010, ProSales magazine posted a news article about the new “cash for caulkers” program that was first mentioned back in January. This program will be similar to “cash for clunkers” in that it will be a direct rebate program to homeowners, and also will be an extension of the energy-efficient incentives already being offered by the government. “The plan generated favorable but cautious support from building material dealers’ national trade group, which has been working hard to make certain the program benefits independent dealers.”

As reported by ProSales magazine, “President Obama wants the program, dubbed “Cash for Caulkers” and first mentioned in his January State of the Union address, included in a jobs package being drafted by Congress. The administration hopes the incentives will boost demand for building products such as insulation, energy-efficient windows, and roofing in the same way car sales skyrocketed last year when consumers were offered rebates for trading in their gas-guzzling autos for more fuel-friendly models. The White House says the program would create “tens of thousands” of jobs, cut energy bills for families by $200 to $500 per year, and reduce the nation’s dependence on oil. Administration officials are still working with Congress on details…”

Read more of the ProSales article “Obama Touts ‘Cash for Caulkers’ Energy-Efficient Retrofit Rebates

Additional link for the White House Fact Sheet: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/fact-sheet-homestar-energy-efficiency-retrofit-program

NLBMDA Others Urge the U.S. Senate to Help Delay EPA Lead Rule

In related news, on March 8, 2010 industry leaders announced that they are seeking a delay in implementation of the new EPA Lead Rule because it is clear that EPA already cannot ensure enough certified renovators will be available for compliance with the LRRP by the deadline of April 22, 2010. They are connecting this with the proposed implementation of the Homestar program since retrofitting pre-1978 homes will certainly be part of those renovations.

You can read the full letter that has been composed to be sent to the Senate committee here.

National Lumber will continue to follow developments of these urgent issues and keep you informed.

Comprehensive Summary of EPA RRP Issues

Shawn McCadden has an excellent EPA RRP summary for remodelers page on his website. It’s comprehensive and should prove to be quite a valuable resource. He makes very clear that this is a time for the industry to really step up and use this new rule to encourage investments in staff and training that should in the end benefit everyone.

Read it here: http://www.shawnmccadden.com/epa-rrp-summary-for-remodelers-by-shawn-mccadden/



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